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process. that simply wasn't true. >> why do you think donald trump and the white house continue to insist that he was the target of surveillance on the orders of president obama when there doesn't seem to be any evidence to support that? >> well, you know, it's one of two things. it's either the president simply cannot admit error, and that might be the most -- well, the least damning explanation, as critical as that would be, or the more concerning would be he can't tell the difference between fact and fiction, and he has somehow persuaded himself of this alternate reality. that would be an even worse scenario, and honestly, at this
point i can't tell which it is. >> representative adam schiff, thank you so much for your time. >> thanks, scott. today, 13 months and one presidential election after the death of supreme court justice antonin scalia, the senate opened confirmtion hearings for his successor. jan crawford is following that. >> we sometimes hear judges cynically described as politicians in robes, seeking to enforce their own politics rather than striving to apply the law impartially. if i thought that were true, i would hang up the robe. >> reporter: pledging to respect the rule of law, judge neil gorsuch told the senators judges must remain above politics. >> i don't think that's what life in the law is about. >> reporter: in a deeply personal statement, the colorado native talked about his western roots and family and thanked his wife louise. >> i love you so much. >> reporter: but throughout the first day, another respective federal appeals court judge also was in focus.
>> chief judge merrick garland. >> judge garland. >> chief judge merrick garland. >> reporter: democratic senators like patrick leahy are still seething that republicans blocked president obama's nomination a year ago this week of judge merrick garland. >> it was totally unprecedented in our country's whole history. >> reporter: they also took aim at president trump and questioned gorsuch's commitment to judicial independence. connecticut's richard blumenthal. >> the possibility of the supreme court needing to enforce a subpoena against the president is no longer idle speculation. >> reporter: but republican senators said the hearing was not about judge garland or the president. north carolina's tom tillis. >> i hope that this nomination hearing focuses on the one person here before us who i hope will go on to fill the supreme court. >> reporter: democrats are promising a thorough review of judge gorsuch's record with a
focus on workers' rights, civil liberties and women's rights. he will be in this hot seat about ten hours tomorrow, scott, and again on wednesday. >> jan crawford, thanks. in breaking news this evening, a new terrorist threat has been discovered, and tonight the u.s. is announcing that electronic devices will be banned for passengers flying on foreign airlines from eight countries in the middle east and north africa. chip reid is following this for us. chip, what do you know? >> reporter: well, scott, u.s. officials tell us that electronic devices that are larger than a cell phone will be banned temporarily from flights coming to the u.s. from eight middle eastern and north african countries on airlines based in those countries. that means devices like laptops and ipads cannot be carried in the cabin. they will have to be checked. the airlines have 96 hours or four days to comply. it is unclear how long the ban will last.
again, as far as we know, this will not apply to u.s.-based airlines. u.s. officials tell us this step is based on intelligence gathered overseas. they say they've been told that this information is not about a specific time-certain plot, and, scott, a similar incident took place in 2014 when airlines banned electronic devices on some flights coming from europe to the united states. >> more details about this on "cbs this morning" tomorrow. chip reid, thanks very much. >> >> still ahead, a minnesota man is accused of bordering a nazi massacre. and remembering chuck berry. the first inductee in the rock 'n' roll hall of fame. i will never wash my hair again.
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so it surivies a hundred times better than the leading probiotic. get the digestive advantage. for decades a ukrainian immigrant has lived a quiet life in minneapolis, raising a family and attending church, but a court in poland says the retired carpenter is actually a nazi war criminal. jamie yuccas reports.
>> my father was, is, and remains an innocent man. >> reporter: andriy karkoc is a passionate defender of his 98-year-old father michael karkoc. in 2013, karkoc was identified as the commander of a nazi s.s. led ukrainian unit who ordered the massacre of 44 polish civilians during world war ii. you go your whole life with your dad to have someone accuse him of being a nazi. >> these are lies. this is defamation. this is slander. it's unsupported. it's innuendo. it's allegations. >> reporter: but polish authorities say they have plenty of evidence against karkoc, including nazi pay stub records and karkoc's own ukrainian language memoir, in which he places himself at the site of at least one mass murder. karkoc did not reveal his nazi past when he applied for citizenship in the united states in 1949. or that he served with the ukrainian self-defense legion.
affiliation with either group would have barred his entry. mark weitzman is with the simon wiesenthal center, a jewish human rights organization. >> you would think that we know everything that we need to know about that period, but the reality is that we're still learning new things almost every day. historians are uncovering new things. >> reporter: germany investigated karkoc's case four years ago but declined to prosecute saying he was mentally incompetent to stand trial. scott, so far the department of justice has not publicly commented on whether or not the united states will extradite karkoc to poland. >> jamie yuccas for us tonight. thank you. we'll be right back.
tom brady's lost super bowl jersey has been found. a tip led houston police to mexico and an unidentified member of the mexican media seen in this video entering the pats' locker room and leaving with something under his arm. the jersey is estimated to be worth $500,000. spring arrived today, and with it the annual cherry blossom festival in washington. but a cold snap has wiped out about half the blossoms.
the trees were a gift from japan in 1912. billionaire david rockefeller died today. the long-time head of chase manhattan bank was the last surviving grandchild of standard oil founder john d. rockefeller and the brother of the late vice president nelson rockefeller. his philanthropic work earned him a presidential medal of freedom. david rockefeller was 101. if you want to know what new york sounds like, treat yourself to the words of jimmy breslin, the pulitzer prize winning columnist. about the true thief, he wrote, "there can be nothing too small to steal." about the hapless '62 mets, "marvelous marv was holding down first base. this is like saying willie sutton works at your bank." and about donald trump's "the art of the deal," "the book was nothing more than safe cracking by hard cover." jimmy breslin died yesterday. he was 88.
elvis became its king. disc jockey alan freed gave it a name, and chuck berry, he was the godfather of rock 'n' roll, its inspiration and driving force. chuck berry died saturday at the age of 90. jim axelrod has his story and his music. ♪ >> reporter: there are plenty of ways to articulate the importance of chuck berry. he was the first inductee into the rock 'n' roll hall of fame, where the rolling stones' keith richards came clean. >> i lifted every lick he ever played. ♪ down in louisiana close to new orleans ♪ >> reporter: berry's masterpiece "johnny b. goode" was on the "voyager 1" when it launched 40 years ago, just in case some other form of life wanted to understand ours. ♪ i got a 1966 cherry red
mustang ford ♪ and then there's the man himself explaining his uncommonly common touch. >> everybody drives cars. everybody has to have money. everybody has a love affair, inspirations. these are things i write about. ♪ roll over, beethoven, i got to hear it again today ♪ >> reporter: but the best way to measure chuck berry's influence is not through words, but through music. for their very first song of their very first u.s. concert, the beatles chose berry's "rollover beethoven." ♪ rollover beethoven, rocking in two by two ♪ >> reporter: years later, berry's publisher would sue the beatles for "come together," accusing them of sampling "you can't catch me." ♪ come on flat top, we come grooving up snowily ♪ >> reporter: a bit too liberally. ♪ come on flat top, we come up quickly ♪ >> reporter: they'd settle out
of court. ♪ if everybody had an ocean across the usa ♪ >> reporter: litigation would also force the beach boys to give berry a writing credit for "surfing usa." >> reporter: today, flowers were placed on berry's star in hollywood. and rock 'n' rollers everywhere blasted a few of chuck berry's best-known licks. ♪ oh, johnny b. goode >> reporter: the ones that changed music forever. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. and that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back with us a he morning news and be sure not to miss
"cbs this morning." from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com this is the "cbs overnight news." >> welcome to the "overnight news." i'm jericka duncan. the heads of the fbi and the national security agency went before congress to answer questions about russian interference in the november presidential election. the headline "intelligence agencies are highly confident russia interfered with the goal of electing donald trump" and the fbi is investigating possible coordination between russia and trump associates. also, president trump was not wiretapped by former president obama. jeff pegues has more. >> i have no information that supports those tweets. >> reporter: several times, fbi director james comey rejected the president's claim that president obama ordered trump
tower wiretapped. adam schiff is the ranking democrat on the house intelligence commit tee. >> you said there's been no evidence of an illegal wiretap by president obama, is that right? >> i said the fbi and the justice department have no information to support those tweets. >> reporter: another white house claim that british intelligence wiretapped trump tower on behalf of the united states was dismissed by the director of the nsa, mike rogers. >> i have seen nothing on the nsa side that we engaged in any such activity nor that anyone ever asked us to engage in such activity. >> reporter: comey did confirm that since last july the fbi has been conducting a counterintelligence investigation into russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and whether trump associates colluded with russian officials. committee chairman republican devin nunes. >> do you have any evidence that any current trump white house or administration official coordinated with the russian intelligence services?
>> that's not a question i can answer. >> reporter: comey declined to answer questions dozens of times, citing the ongoing investigation and classified information. >> don't overinterpret the fact that i say i can't comment. i'm not going to comment on anybody. >> reporter: but cbs news has learned that those under scrutiny include former national security adviser michael flynn, campaign foreign policy adviser carter page, onetime campaign chairman paul manafort and roger stone, a long-time friend of president trump. stone told us last week that he had not broken any laws. >> i have no fear, because i know i had no meaningful contact whatsoever with any russians. >> reporter: republicans on the committee pressed comey on how information about specific individuals became public. last month michael flynn was fired as national security adviser after it was reported he had undisclosed contact with the russian ambassador to the u.s. south carolina's trey gowdy.
>> i'm just simply asking you to assure the american people that it is going to be investigated. >> i can't, but i hope people watching know how seriously we take leaks of classified information, but i don't want to confirm it by aying that we're investigating it. president trump was apparently watching the hearing closely, and took to twitter in realtime to try and refute some of the testimony. major garrett reports. >> reporter: president trump ignored yet another question about his baseless wiretap claim. but he couldn't keep quiet on twitter even before today's hearing began. mr. trump wrote there was no evidence of trump campaign collusion with russian operatives, calling the narrative fake news. the democrats made up after they lost the election. >> do you have any evidence? >> reporter: then during the hearing, mr. trump highlighted testimony he said indicated no evidence russian meddling influenced the electoral process. a short time later, connecticut
democrat jim himes read the tweet to comey. >> is that accurate? >> we've offered no opinion, have no view, have no information on potential impact because it's never something we looked at. it certainly wasn't our intention to say that today because we don't have any information on that subject. that's not something that was looked at. >> reporter: the president also noted this exchange between republican trey gowdy and fbi director comey about former national security adviser michael flynn. >> did you brief president obama on any calls involving michael flynn? >> i'm not going to get into either that particular case, that matter, or any conversations i had with the president. i can't answer that. mr. >> reporter: at the white house, press secretary sean spicer tried to downplay the role of flynn and paul manafort, the second of three trump campaign managers. >> general flynn was a volunteer of the campaign.
there has obviously been discussion of paul manafort, who played a limited role for a limited amount of time. >> reporter: spicer asserted that no evidence has been presented to suggest cooperation between trump associates and russian operatives. >> when the people who have been briefed by the fbi about collusion between individuals, the answer continues to be no, and at some point take no for an answer. congress cast votes thursday on president trump's federal budget. one of the most controversial parts would cut funding for the meals on wheels program. since the white house unveiled the proposed cuts, private donations has surged. the organization's national office took in more than $100,000 in contributions since thursday. on a normal day, they would expect just $1,000 in donations. michelle miller reports on the program. >> reporter: it's almost lunchtime and meals on wheels
volunteer sandra bush is about to make visits to about 18 seniors in macon, georgia. sandra says her arthritis makes it difficult to cook. if you didn't have this service -- >> it would be really bad, because people like myself, i don't walk or drive anymore. >> they just can't afford to go to the grocery store and buy all the things they need. they have to depend on someone else. >> reporter: that's where meals on wheels comes in, a critical lifeline for millions. a third of its $1.4 billion budget comes from the federal government. proposed budget cuts are putting the program at risk. >> we can't spend money on programs just because they sound good. and meals on wheels sounds great. so to take the federal money and give it to the states and say we want to give you money for programs that don't work.
>> excuse me? it works. >> reporter: it works for 56-year-old linda priest, who signed up for the program two years ago after a stroke left her in a wheelchair. meals on wheels delivers to her every weekday. like most residents in jones county, she voted for donald trump. are you surprised? >> yeah. >> reporter: why? >> because i was under the influence he was going to help us. >> reporter: what would you tell him to convince him not to cut the program? >> what if it was your mom? >> reporter: if this federal funding is eliminated, nearly 300 people here will stop getting their daily meal. >> the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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the sweet 16 of the ncaa college basketball championship gets under way thursday. but perhaps the sweetest matchup of all will come friday, when number three seeded ucla takes on number two kentucky. kentucky is led by a pair of freshman guards. but ucla has its own superstar, freshman lonzo ball. the ball family invited dana jacobson in for a chat. >> reporter: how many hours do you think you guys have spent on this court? >> five hours a day times 360. you're looking at 15,000. >> reporter: levar ball built this court with one goal in
mind, to turn the three ball brothers into ball players. the oldest, lonzo, middle child leangelo. and the baby, lamello. was this, hey, let's have a family of basketball players? >> you've got to have the right genes to play basketball. i had a lot of short cuties. so i was like man, you know what? i'm going to get three boys. >> reporter: tina, did you know this was the plan? >> that was the plan. he said i'm going to have boys. >> reporter: they met when both played college basketball. and just as he predicted, the couple's basketball genes were passed along to their sons. >> i knew i had a brand once i had all three of them. >> reporter: of course, those big ballers started off small. >> it was kind of contradicting,
because people were like, big ballers, as small as they were. but after we finished whipping their tail, they knew who the big ballers were. >> reporter: and soon they weren't so little. >> this is where the big ballers do their stuff. >> reporter: the boys train with their father seven days a week, even on holidays. that dedication led to success. last year, all three played together in high school in southern california. their on court chemistry, up-tempo play and unlimited range electrified the gymnasium as they led the school to a state championship. >> the game is easier when you play with people you live with. >> deep three from ball is on target. >> reporter: this year, as ucla's starting point guard, lonzo led the nation in assists and propelled the seed to a
number three seed in the country. 40 miles east in chino hills, his brothers haven't missed a beat. melo, do you miss having all three of you this year? >> no. i get more shots this year. >> reporter: you had the 92-point game. lamelo's 92-point game came weeks after leangelo put up 72 points. videos of the brothers now go viral. this one has been viewed more than 500,000 times. >> i told people, when my boy finish playing ball, you say chino hills and the first thing out of their mouth is going to be the ball brothers. >> reporter: lavar doesn't hold back talking up his boys. >> they're going to be better than steph curry in the nba. >> reporter: those comments are just one of several headline
grabbing statements he's made recently, leading to criticism from some sports writers and analysts. people have just said you need to be quiet and let your kids play ball. >> two words that don't mix, lavar ball and shut up. you can featherweight that. >> they would be shocked if i didn't say nothing. >> i laugh. whoever they try to compare my boys to, he's going to say they're better. that's what he believes. the bar is high, and that's fine with me. >> reporter: that high bar leads to competition in almost everything this tight nit family does. >> who's winning? >> reporter: it's also created an unmistakable bond between the boys and their parents. whether or not these three basketball phenomes all end up playing in the nba, as their father has predicted, you know there's one place you will always find them playing ball. >> let me tell you guys, the
the happiest nation on earth. and no, it's not the united states. we came in 14th. this year's award goes to norway, followed by denmark, iceland, switzerland, and finland. denmark was number one last year. faith salie paid a visit to see what makes that country so happy. >> reporter: when you picture the happiest place in the world, you might imagine white sand beaches and swaying palm trees. but it turns out the happiest place is a bit different. welcome to denmark. a small country of nearly 6 million people. no tropical beaches here, just rain for about 50% of the year. but despite the weather, this country still maintains a sunny disposition. so sunny, in fact, it's been named the happiest country in the world.
>> what we find when we study happiness around the world is that the definition is quite similar. author of the united nations world happiness report, which ranks the happiness of 156 countries and consistently places denmark at or near the top of the list. >> people want to live well. they want to have money in their pocket and in the bank. they want to trust their government. they want to be healthy. >> reporter: last year, america came in 13th place, behind israel and just a few notches ahead of mexico and brazil. >> usa! usa! >> reporter: it's a ranking that might leave us scratching our heads. americans love to chant "we're number one" but we aren't always. what does denmark have that we
don't? free health care. >> uh-huh. >> free education? >> yes. >> free maternity leave. >> reporter: mike is the ceo of the happiness institute located in copenhagen. >> it's the welfare state. it's focusing on reducing extreme unhappiness and investing in public foods that create quality of life for all. >> reporter: but this comes at a steep cost. danes pay more income tax than any other nationality. as much as 60%. >> if you ask danes, are you happy paying your tax? 8 out of 10 will say yes. that's people are aware of the huge benefits they get in terms of quality of life. >> reporter: jeffrey sacks says there are other benefits, too. like the fact that denmark has
one of the highest income equality and lowest poverty rate of any nation. >> basically social mobility is high, because the obstacles are very, very low. you're given the basics for a good healthy, productive life. >> reporter: what do you say to someone that says, that's socialism and we're americans? >> i say it's what they call social democracy. the idea is, we're a market economy. we're privately owned. we better compete, so they have to be at the top of the game in technology and research and development and science and quality of education. >> reporter: while denmark excels in these areas, not everyone would call it a utopia. danish people don't strike me as cheerful, just content. everything's fine. >> yeah. you can say we are the happiest country in the world. i like to say we're the least unhappy. >> reporter: danes still face the same struggles as everyone else. the country has the highest cancer rate in the world.
in part, due to its smoking and drinking habits. large portions of the population also suffer from alcoholism and depression. still, that hasn't kept americans like dean from moving here. what surprised you most about living in denmark? >> how much we liked it. >> reporter: originally from boston, she moved to copenhagen in 2011 with her british husband richard and their two sons. >> and sometimes you've got to find just the right piece to make it work, right? >> reporter: they liked it so much, they decided to stay. >> family life balance has been phenomenally better than it would be in the u.s. the danes leave work at 5:00 and they're home for dinner by 5:30. so richard is home for dinner every single night. we both agree that it's probably the best decision that we've made as a family. >> reporter: the family has adopted two uniquely danish
philosophies, that they say keep danes smiling a bit more than the rest of us. >> hu dprvegshuga's great. >> there's no real translation into english. it's a danish thing. for quite a large part of the year, it gets gray here. and hygge is this sense of light and warmth and friendship into a house. it's trying to make things cozy and happy. >> reporter: the second uniquely danish term is called the law of yanta. that means living simply. showing off wealth just suspect their style. it seems like in order for america to borrow from this danish notion of happiness, americans would have to give up things that are so prized. like exceptionalism and competitiveness.
>> yeah. i struggle with that myself. i think maybe we just need to focus a little bit more on helping others and taking others into consideration. and i don't think that means abandoning the idea of the individual. i think it just means finding a little bit more of a balance. >> reporter: it's a philosophy that's even mentioned on the government website, which says money is not as important in the social life here. so maybe the elusive secret to happiness isn't that much of a secret after all. >> philosophers have been telling us for millenia, don't just chase the money. they're right. america has gotten richer, a lot richer over the last 50 years. but we've not gotten happier. >> reporter: it's worth pondering how we americans can get our hygge on. >> we have learned to take each day as it comes a little bit more and to not always be thinking about what's next, what's next. i think career wise, family
sometimes it take it is wisdom of a wild to turn tragedy into joy. steve hartman found one example on the road. >> reporter: it's every kid's worst nightmare. and jaden hayes has lived it. twice. first, he lost his dad when he was 4. then, not long after, his mom died unexpectedly in her sleep. >> i criy tried and tried to ge awake. couldn't. >> reporter: jaden was understandably heart broken. >> anybody can die. just anybody. >> reporter: but as we first reported in 2015, there was another side to his grief. a side he shared with his temporary guardian, barbara decola, after the second funeral. he told her he was getting tired of seeing everyone sad all the time. >> that was the beginning of it.
that's where the adventure began. >> reporter: jaden asked barbara to buy a bunch of little toys and bring them here to downtown savannah, georgia, near where he lived. so he could then give them away. >> thank you, man. >> i'm trying to make people smile. rubber duckies, dinosaurs. >> reporter: because those are the things that make people smile? >> yeah. >> reporter: what happens to their face. really? >> see that man right there? >> reporter: jaden targeted people who weren't already smiling and tried to turn their day around. and it worked. >> it's to make you smile. >> reporter: even if it wasn't always quite the reaction he was hoping for. it was just so overwhelming to some people that a 6-year-old orphan would give away a toy, expecting nothing in return except a smile. of course, he was paid handso handsomely in hugs. and jaden says those did help. >> i'm still sad that my mom died. >> reporter: i bet you are. this was by no means a fix.
but in the smiles he made, jaden clearly found a purpose. >> i'm counting on it to be 33,000. >> reporter: 33,000? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: that's a pretty big goal. do you think you can make that goal? >> i thinkky. >> reporter: it's been two years now since we first met jaden. today, he lives in winterville, georgia, with scott and diane, his aunt and uncle. and although he still thinks about his mom and dad a lot -- how are you doing? >> pretty good. >> reporter: jaden says he's in a happier place now. how do you get from the sad place to the happy place? >> time. >> reporter: as for his smile project, he would like to return to that mission some day. but until then, he's focusing on more age-appropriate goals. what do you want to be? >> famous basketball player and a famous baseball player. >> reporter: and there's the only smile that matters. steve hartman, on the road, in winterville, georgia.
>> that's the "overnight news" for this tuesday.tu ♪ it's tuesday, march 21st, 2017. this is the "cbs morning news." developing this morning, international travelers from certain cities will be banned from carrying gadgets on their flights to the u.s. ahead, how the electronics ban works and who's impacted. no pressed of former president obama wiretapping trump tower. and a federal investigation into russia's role in getting president trump elected. headlines from james comey's day on the hill. google responds after users complain the company is blockin